Over the course of the remaining weeks separating us from the return of Sun Devil football, House of Sparky is taking a week-by-week look at the opponents ASU will face this season. So far we've covered ASU's non-conference schedule as well as their first five Pac-12 opponents of the year. After an ESPN-televised Thursday night showdown at Sun Devil Stadium against Oregon, the Sun Devils will venture up to Pullman to face Washington State.
Reasons for ASU optimism
While there is enough potential for this Washington State roster to get back to a bowl game, there are still a lot of unanswered questions. The defense is going to struggle, and Mike Bercovici should be able to take advantage of a weak secondary.
Reasons for ASU pessimism
The term trap game was used a lot prior to last season's loss at Oregon State, and this game could take on the same theme. Whether the Sun Devils are flying high after a win against Oregon or reeling after a tough loss, the possibility to overlook the Cougars on the road is a real one. Crazy things can happen up in Pullman, and coach Todd Graham will need to have his team focused on taking care of business no matter what the situation is.